Chair - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Body: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Various
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The NICE Chair is remunerated at the standard rate of £74,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Two and a half to three days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE has been confirmed as the new chairman of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) following the pre-appointment hearing on 10 March. Her appointment will be for 4 years from 25 May 2020.

The appointment will involve a time commitment of 2.5 to 3 days per week. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £74,000 a year.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment is made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Sharmila has not declared any political activity.

Date: 20/03/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/08/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    20/03/2020 at 12:00

This appointment is subject to pre-appointment scrutiny


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair of NICE will:

  • Lead the board in an open and positive way, representing the Institute to the health and social care communities, life sciences industry, and the public, and build on the Institute’s international status.


  • Set the tone for excellent working relationships between the Institute and key stakeholders responsible for the successful operation of the health and social care system, and supporting innovation and the UK life sciences.


  • Ensure that the Board puts policies in place to secure the effective management and development of all its staff; that it is clear about the values it holds as an organisation and communicates them effectively to the Institute’s staff and to its external partners.


  • Develop an effective partnership with the Chief Executive to lead the Institute in advising Ministers and the health, including public health, and social care communities in England on effective and cost-effective practice and in securing delivery of the Institute’s objectives.


  • Challenge and provide support for the executive directors and encourage and enable all board members to make a full contribution to the board’s affairs and to work effectively as a team.


  • Ensure that strategic and relevant operational issues, including the work of the Audit and Risk Committee are discussed by the board in a timely manner and with appropriate information to support their decisions.


  • Ensure that the board and the Institute take note of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s policies and priorities, while being mindful of their responsibility to offer independent and evidence-based advice.


  • Ensure that the board and the Institute observe the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Board members of public bodies and any other regulations and orders issued by the Secretary of State concerning the conduct of NICE.


  • Ensure that the board establishes and maintains sub-committees as required by the Regulations set out for the Institute and the operational needs of the organisation.


  • Ensure the effective induction and development of new non-executive directors and the continuous development of the Board’s capability.


  • Advise the Department of Health and Social Care on the performance of non-executive directors.


Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities, skills, and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

Essential Criteria

  • A sound understanding of the ambitions of and the challenges facing the health and care sector in England and the life sciences industry.


  • An ability to support innovation and command the respect of leaders in the health and social care communities and the life sciences sector.


  • A clear vision for the way evidence-based practice can be applied to improve the quality, effectiveness, safety and efficiency of health, public health and social care, together with an appreciation of the methods and processes used in the development of evidence-based health and social care practice guidance.


  • An effective public communicator with experience of engaging diverse audiences in high-profile and sensitive issues, demonstrating the ability to command public confidence and support for the difficult decisions that NICE makes.


  • A commitment to ensure that the patient and public voice is effectively and openly represented in NICE’s work.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in clinical or public health practice.


Additional Information


Message from Sir David Haslam, Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

“A day never goes by when NICE isn’t in the news. With responsibilities stretching right across the whole of health and social care, and with interested stakeholders including clinicians, industry, social care professionals, patients, people who use services, and the wider public – being chair of NICE requires an almost uniquely broad view. Chairing an organisation with a world-wide reputation for excellence is constantly fascinating and stimulating. It is a real honour to work here.”

Sir David Haslam.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Role and Responsibilities

NICE was set up in April 1999 as a Special Health Authority. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established NICE as an England only Executive Non-Departmental Public Body from 1 April 2013 and extended its remit to adults’ and children’s social care. Through its robust, evidence-based advice and guidance, NICE has a key part in supporting the health and care system in driving greater efficiency and quality improvement. It also has a key role in supporting the ambitions of the life sciences industrial strategy, innovation and developments in the digital sphere that affect health and care.

NICE works closely with other organisations in the health and care system. This includes DHSC, NHS England, Public Health England, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the National Institute for Health Research, local NHS bodies and local authorities. In addition, NICE maintains strong links with the life sciences industry, academia, the third sector and the international community.

NICE operates a range of programmes generating guidance and advice for the NHS, social care, and the wider public health community, including clinical guidelines, interventional procedures guidance, public health and social care guidance, quality standards and technology appraisals for pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies. These programmes are supported by implementation support materials and activities, and are complemented by Evidence Services, an on-line evidence resource for all health and social care professionals. NICE provides the British National Formulary and a range of advice and support on the effective use of medicines.

For further information on what NICE does and how it works, please visit:

NICE hold six Board meetings per year. They are open to the public and held in different locations across the country. More information can be found at:

The next planned board meetings are:

  • Northampton Guild Hall 17 July 2019
  • Sheffield Town Hall 18 September 2019
  • Great Ormand Street Hospital, London 20 November 2019


How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: VAC-1460 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 19 August 2019.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of NICE, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or NICE or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct, and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: of the candidate pack

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts please see the contacts section.


Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

The appointment of the Chair of NICE will be subjected to a pre-appointment hearing with the Health Select Committee.  For further details see Section 2.2.  Please be aware that the CV of the Secretary of State’s preferred candidate for appointment, with personal details removed, will be sent to the Health Select Committee.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact

Daniel Clemence

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 2545335


For further information regarding the role of the NICE and the role of the Chair please contact:

Name: Liz Woodeson

Tel:  0207 210 5117


Please quote reference VAC-1460 on all correspondence.

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.

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